World vegan day is a self-proclaimed holiday celebrated by vegans all around the globe. Although skeptics believe the diet doesn’t provide the correct nutrition, there are many reasons why people choose to participate in Veganism. I am not a full vegan, but I do my best to integrate a more plant-based diet that rejuvenates my body and mood while helping preserve life for the future.
The beginning of this movement and how millions of people came to practice abstaining from animal products starts with Donald Watson in only 1940. As the Vegan Society founder and animal rights activist, he coined the term Vegan to mean non-dairy.
But enough with the history lesson, there is a reason why people have kept it around and will continue to for centuries to come, I believe.
A 2018 Oxford University comprehensive analysis found that ‘avoiding meat and dairy is the single biggest way to reduce your impact on Earth’ as animal farming provides just 18% of calories but takes up 83% of our farmland. Professionals estimate that global meat and dairy production and consumption must be cut in half by 2050 to avoid dangerous climate change and keep the Paris Agreement on track.
Although I do not entirely follow the vegan lifestyle, I think it will play a key role in saving this planet. It is essential to be mindful of the food you eat because that can prevent common health problems we see in people today like heart disease, type two diabetes, or high cholesterol.
I think a majority of people can learn a lot from vegans in terms of clean living for the environment. However, I do not recommend embracing the full vegan lifestyle as research has shown Vegans to be at a higher risk of depression.
It is important to note that a vegan can’t get certain nutrients from a strict diet of plants only—to be sufficient, you have to eat clean foods AND large amounts of plant matter. But being vegan is not about the diet for many people.
Anything that encourages sustainability in the environment or limits animal products’ consumption is considered a vegan practice. Although it takes more attention to detail, these practices will help steer us away from the unnatural and gluttonous food culture most of the world participates in.
Simple ideas like recycling or minimizing your car’s use are principles allied with the same concept as Veganism: protect organic life.
I think the world vegan day is a great time to remind us that the way we live in the 21st century is unsustainable, and things need to change.
One of the best ways to feel good is to help someone, so why not do something simple that helps out the whole world for now and generations to come?
I encourage everyone to find ways to live a sustainable life according to themselves and celebrate World Vegan Day!